Frog Net News For May 18th, 2017

State Police in Butler County continue to investigate an aggravaged assault incident that took place in Jefferson Township. According to police a white male entered the home of a known female and allegedly choked her while she was in her tub.  The woman was able to fight off her attacker and flee the house naked and was able to wave down a passerby and called 911. The suspect fled the scene but later came back and was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and DUI.

The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting  The Riverside School Board approved a two-year contract extension with the teachers union Monday night that will extend the contract until June 20, 2021. Superintendent David Anney said that the two year extenstion will help ease financial constraints the district is experiencing.  The board also authorized a retirement incentive plan for eligible teachers. Anney believes that about six to eight teachers may be eligible for retirement and the hope is to save money through attrition.

Vice President Mike Pence will address the largest graduating class in Grove City College history on Saturday when he speaks at the College’s 137th Commencement. According to officials at the college, The 606-member Class of 2017 breaks a record established in 2010, when the private Christian liberal arts and sciences college graduated 596 seniors. Vice President Pence will deliver the keynote address to graduates. Access to campus will be limited and tickets are required to attend commencement.The ceremonies will be streamed live at www.gcc.edu/livestream and on the College’s Facebook page.

A woman from Mercer County was sentenced  Monday on sex charges involving two young girls who were both under the age of 13 at the time. WKBN-TV reports Victoria Poling was sentenced to up to 70 years behind bars and will have to serve at least half of that before she’s ever eligible for parole. One of the assistant district attorneys handling the case said the incidents happened over an 18-month period. Poling was arrested last June.

The United Mine Workers Union president is facing trespassing charges.  Cecil Roberts was arrested yesterday outside of Consol Energy headquarters in Southpointe. The union was protesting Consol’s attempts to reduce healthcare benefits and pensions for retired coal miners and Roberts refused to leave as instructed by police.

Two state lawmakers are pushing legislation that would let Pennsylvania sell naming rights to its government-owned buildings.  Senators David Argall and Randy Vulakovich talked about the bill yesterday, explaining the state needs to explore innovative ways to cut costs and raise revenue.  The senators say their goal is to move state employees out of leased facilities and back into state-owned offices.

An Adams Township woman is heading to trial for an alleged DUI.  Mary Ranker was held for court yesterday in connection to the incident earlier this month.  She was charged after the Adams Township road department kept finding bags of empty vanilla extract bottles.  Crews put up a trail camera and were able to link Ranker to the trash.  When they pulled her over, Ranker was drinking vanilla and had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.

A 73-year-old woman sustained injuries in an accident Monday along River Road. According to the Ellwood City Ledger Karen Mahovlic of Beaver Falls was traveling north on River Road about 9 a.m. when she swerved to avoid a deer and lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle crossed over the southbound lane, hit a guide rail and flipped over until it struck the two trees and came to rest. She was taken to the hospital for treatment. The road was closed in both directions for more than an hour.

Mars borough is no longer dry.  Sixty-eight-percent of voters Tuesday were in favor of granting liquor licenses to businesses.  Mayor Gregg Hartung says the move will help with downtown development.  Mars has been dry since prohibition.